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Radley Balko

Opinion bloggerNashville, Tenn.


The Burley sisters say they were raided, roughed up and verbally abused, but because they can’t name the perpetrators, they won’t get a fair day in court.

  • Aug 30, 2016

Plus: NYPD bars access to cops’ disciplinary history, another bite mark exoneration, the case for paying for bone marrow

  • Aug 29, 2016

Abusing a rule intended to ensure death penalty appeals are handled by competent attorneys to attack qualified, well-regarded lawyers

  • Aug 25, 2016

Michael West continues to embarrass Mississippi’s justice system, this time with a lewd, belligerent, and childish display during a deposition

  • Aug 24, 2016

Plus: Seven cops face termination over Laquan McDonald shooting, Dallas Police Department ends “cooling off” period for cops after shootings, Scalia’s record on policing.

  • Aug 22, 2016

Bush appointee lashes out at union for blocking DOJ consent decree

  • Aug 18, 2016

Plus: Judge sits on innocence claim for five years, the case for policing standards, Kaine’s talk-but-no-walk on the death penalty.

  • Aug 17, 2016

Are we seeing capital punishment’s death rattle?

  • Aug 16, 2016

Plus: Minneapolis institutes better use of force policy, DEA secretly profiles thousands of travelers, criminalizing entrepreneurs

  • Aug 12, 2016

Police chief’s “forceful and serious tone” convinces city council to nix plan to fire lying cops.

  • May 2, 2014
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Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He was previously a senior writer and investigative reporter at the Huffington Post. He is the author of "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces," and his work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Mississippi Supreme Court. He also writes about the music and culture of Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives. A graduate of Indiana University, Radley has also been a senior editor at Reason magazine, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute and an opinion columnist for
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